During the last month of this year TLI staff will be sharing stories of how God has used us in 2014. Enjoy! Today comes from David Crabb.
While in Nepal in October, I was struck with the mercy of God in the face of the pastors we were serving alongside. In the face of overwhelming opposition, seemingly endless hostility, and Hindu fervor at every turn, these men are heralding the rich mercy of the one true God. How do they persevere when things seem so bleak (Nepal is less than half a percent Christian)?
They are merciful because they have been shown mercy (Matt. 5:7).
One brother was a witch doctor known throughout the region for his healing powers. One day he contracted an illness that he couldn’t heal and threatened to heal his life. He healed others, but hecouldn’t heal himself. A merciful Savior, who knows our frame, used this to bring him to Christians and then to Jesus. Mercy.
When another brother was 8 months old, he was dropped in a fire that severely burned his face and body and caused him to lose an arm. He now pastors a church in the mountains near the border of China, and he and his wife recently had their first baby—a girl—with a face so beautiful it took my breath away. Mercy.
Several of the other brothers have fathers who served as Hindu priests—or they themselves used to be Hindu priests. Some used to do animal sacrifices, another even human sacrifice. Now their sacrifice is a broken and contrite spirit. Mercy.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.